Schedule

Monday, 8/7/17

Team Registration

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sheraton Hotel Lobby

Early registration for competing teams. One member of each team must check in during one of the two registration windows.

 

Box Office – Pass Pick up

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor

Event Pass holders will pick up their passes and programs

 

Volunteer Registration & Training

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor

Volunteers will pick up their passes and confirm their check-in times and locations for assignments

 

Last Chance Slam!

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor

The winning team at this event will be comprised of the 4 individuals with the highest scores during this slam, and they will collectively win a free spot to compete in the 2017 National Poetry Slam!  Details here

Tuesday, 8/8/17

Team Registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sheraton Hotel Lobby

Final registration for competing teams. One member of each team must check in during one of the two registration windows.

 

Rookie Open Mic

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Basement Conference Room

Hosted by: Christopher Michael

First time competitors in the National Poetry slam get their chance to shine in a special open mic event just for them.

 

Slam Family Map

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Gates Conference Room

Hosted by: John Q

The National Poetry Slam draws voices from all corners of the North America and beyond, but we seldom get an introduction! The Slam Family Map is an opportunity to introduce yourself as a Poet of your City, State, Country, and sense of Home in an Open Mic Format.

 

Writing Our Voices

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Training Room

Hosted by: Deonte Osayande

Deonte Osayande, an esteemed English Instructor and poet, will lead a writing workshops to develop writing skills, workshop ideas, and give feedback on poems.

 

Poet Orientation

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor

Orientation is mandatory for all competitors and coaches. We will review the rules of the tournament, answer your questions, and welcome you to Denver!

 

Opening Ceremonies

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor

Immediately following orientation, a brief welcoming ceremony will take place to kick off the National Poetry Slam!

 

Preliminary Bouts

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

brother jeff’s Cultural Center, Clocktower Cabaret, Coffee at the Point, Epernay Lounge, McNichols Building 2nd Floor, 3rd Floor, Mercury Café Jungle Room

80 teams will compete in over three evenings of preliminary bouts. Teams with the 20 best scores and ranks will proceed to Semi-Finals. See bout schedule for details.

 

Karaoke with DJ Bella Scratch

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Jazz at Jack’s

Hosted by: DJ Bella Scratch

The poets are going to take over a local karaoke spot and hijinks will ensue.

 

Pick Up Slam

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Mercury Café Jungle Room

Hosted by: Brandon Williamson

A pick up team game of poetry slam. 16 poets randomly divided into teams of 4 duke it out in a fast paced team poetry slam judged by poets!

 

Wednesday, 8/9/17

Yoga-Try: Yoga and Poetry

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Sheraton Hotel

Hosted by: Jessica Chernila

A playful way of matching metaphor to movement shape to symbolism.utilizing yogic tools to fuze the physical pallet into yr poems

 

American Sign Language Show Case

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Basement Conference Room

Hosted by: Mona Jean Cedar

A celebration of American Sign Language (ASL) performance artists with an insight into the linguistics of ASL Poetry. Featured poets and local ASL artists take the stage and sign! We invite you to perform your ASL art at our open mic!

 

Diasporic Diction

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Gates Conference Room

Hosted by: Toluwanimi Obiwole, FreeQuency, Loyce Gayo, and Ifrah Hussein

A workshop and open mic that challenges and rethinks discourse on Africa and its contemporary Diaspora through conversation and poetry.

 

SM Training- Marketing and Fundraising

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor

Hosted by: Ian Matthew Martinez, Suzi Q. Smith, and Candy Zantea

SlamMaster education track – learn tips and techniques for marketing and fundraising from a panel of current and former SlamMasters.

 

Undoing Writer’s Block: Engaging Your Ancestors to Free Your Creative Expression

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor

Hosted by: Karin Dremel

Procrastinating? Grinding to a halt? Stuck in writer’s block? If you answer any, or all, with YES!, this is your workshop. Systemic Constellation Work explores outdated, limiting familial and ancestral loyalties to free your creative expression.

 

Twelve Tribes Open Mic

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor

Hosted by: Jane Belinda, Paulie Lipman, and Rebecca Preston

Open mic space held for people who identify as culturally, ethnically, or religiously Jewish to tell their stories. All are welcome to attend and listen.

 

LGBTQIA Open Mic

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Schlessman Hall

Hosted by: Andrea Gibson & Buddy Wakefield

Open Mic space held for those who identify as LGBTQIA to share their stories. All are invited to listen and attend.

 

Parents Open Mic

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Public Library Basement Conference Room

Hosted by: Tova Charles

Poetry by parents, for anyone who wants to hear art about the joys and challenges of having children!

 

How to Move Back Into The Body

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Public Library Gates Conference Room

Hosted by: Confidence Omenai

A workshop and open mic for those who identify as women, centered around reclamation of the body, mind and spirit. We will hold space for poems in honor of the self snatched back from trauma, body shame, and erroneous societal expectations.

 

SM Training – Media

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor

SlamMaster education course focusing on leveraging media for community involvement and publicity.

 

Yelly Yelly Wavy Wavy Literary Party with Suspect Press

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor

Hosted by: Ken Arkind

A showcase of writers, poets comedians and artists who have contributed to one of Denver’s best loved local zines. Performers include both local and international artists.

 

Black Poets Speak Out

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor

Hosted by: Mahogany Browne

A community reading and open mic of writers, Black Poets Speak Out (BPSO) began as a response to a conversation initiated by Amanda Johnston. Jericho Brown, Mahogany Browne, Jonterri Gadson and Sherina Rodriguez-Sharpe responded to the call with ideas, suggestions and various plans of action. What began as a conversation has become a movement.

 

Interfaith Open Mic

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum Gallery 8

Hosted by: Mojdeh Stoakley

A free-for-all of faith inspired poetry, especially those who wish to hold space for those who feel less safe post-inauguration! The event will kick off with a writing prompt, in case you forgot your spiritual poems at home.

 

Spoken Soul: Researching Psychological Factors Involved in Writing & Performing Spoken Word Poetry

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor

Hosted by: Jenna Robinson

A presentation of the findings of a research study on Psychology & Spoken Word Poetry. Learn how poetry as a therapy has evolved and where it can go next. Plus, an experiential exercise, and an open discussion about future directions.

 

Preliminary Bouts

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

brother jeff’s Cultural Center, Clocktower Cabaret, Coffee at the Point, Epernay Lounge, McNichols Building 2nd Floor, 3rd Floor, Mercury Café Jungle Room

80 teams will compete in over three evenings of preliminary bouts. Teams with the 20 best scores and ranks will proceed to Semi-Finals. See bout schedule for details.

 

Burlesque Show and Erotic Poetry Reading

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Mercury Café Upstairs

Hosted by: Lady Speech Sankofa and Theresa Davis

Burlesque performers and writers of erotic poetry team up to provide a steamy late night show for your titillation.

 

Insomnia Slam

2:00 AM – 4:00 AM

Sheraton Hotel Banquet Room

Hosted by: Joe XO

A poetry slam that happens late at night when everyone should be asleep, judged by audience applause rather than scores. 8 poets would go head-to-head in 3 rounds to decide the winner. Prizes and water/coffee supplied for all competitors.

 

Thursday, 8/10/17

YIN Yoga and Writing

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Sheraton Hotel

Hosted by: Jessica Chernila

Explore your yinner landscapes in this meditative yoga class letting your body tell you the stories while you hands and mind take a break to listen b4 writing down what yr body tells you.

 

Ekphrastic Workshop with Lighthouse Writers Workshop

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum Gallery 5

Engage deeply with artwork hanging in the Clyfford Still Museum and create a piece of writing based on your experience.

 

Gender Transcenders

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Basement Conference Room

Hosted by: Cecily Schuler

An open mic featuring the voices of trans, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, and genderqueer individuals, which celebrates the diverse stories and expression found within gender identity.

 

The Fundamentals of Art as Business

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Training Room

Hosted by: Ashlee Haze

This workshop is for any artist who either has or intends to monetize their work, covering the fundamentals of business, including: completing w9s, registering a business, understanding qualifying business expenses, basic auditing procedures, sample contracts, and record keeping.

 

SlamMaster Training – Community Building, Inclusivity, and Responsiveness

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor

SlamMasters weigh in on the challenges of creating a community, how to be inclusive of different identities, and roles and responsibilities when community issues arise.

 

Latinx Open Mic

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor

Hosted by: Jessica Helen Lopez and John Quiñonez

Open mic space held for those who identify as Latinx to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

 

So Your Want To Tour! How travel as a feature poet and not come home broke(n)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum Gallery 9

Hosted by: Wil Gibson and Billy Tuggle

Billy & Wil, touring partners for a few years, will talk about starting out performing away from home and growing into extended travel periods. From setup to travel and performance tips.

 

Haiku Death Match

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Public Library Basement Conference Room

Hosted by: Christopher Michael

Competitors will go head-to-head to decide who is the Haiku Master in this rapid-fire poetic competition.

 

Let’s Talk about Chapbooks!

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Public Library Training Room

Hosted by: Nico Wilkinson

A brainstorming session for chapbooks — not the poetry within, but the chapbook as a container. We will talk covers, font choices, paper weight, and means of production (photocopy, letterpress, etc.), expanding on how we can make truly appealing and exciting books that do justice to the poetry within them.

 

In(visible) Identities Open Mic

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor

Hosted by: Mojdeh Stoakley

Exploring the identities that rarely get hashtag campaigns!  For the religious-but-not-evangelist or dual-identity or in-between-genders or otherwise shape-shifting-chameleon poets who wish to explore the non-universal parts of your stories!

 

African American Open Mic

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor

Hosted by: Rage Almighty and Alyesha Wise

Open mic space held for those who identify as African American to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

 

Managing Poetry Submissions

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum Gallery 9

Submitting to literary journals or other publications? Learn best practices for managing and tracking submissions and navigating rights and agreements.

 

Women’s Open Mic

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Schlessman Hall

Hosted by: Oompa, current reigning WOWps co-Champion

An open mic space held for those who identify as women to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

 

Preliminary Bouts

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

brother jeff’s Cultural Center, Clocktower Cabaret, Coffee at the Point, Epernay Lounge, McNichols Building 2nd Floor, 3rd Floor, Mercury Café Jungle Room

80 teams will compete in over three evenings of preliminary bouts. Teams with the 20 best scores and ranks will proceed to Semi-Finals. See bout schedule for details.

 

Hip Hop Open Mic & Showcase

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Mercury Café Upstairs

Hosted by: Bianca Mikahn

A night to showcase hip hop artists in the poetry scene and celebrate the intersection of poetry and music.

 

Recovery Reading

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Sheraton Hotel Banquet Room

Space set aside for poets in recovery to share their stories and support each other.

 

Friday, 8/11/17

Yoga-Try: Yoga and Poetry

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Sheraton Hotel

Hosted by: Jessica Chernila

A playful way of matching metaphor to movement shape to symbolism.utilizing yogic tools to fuze the physical pallet into yr poems

 

SlamMasters Mtg

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor

Mandatory meeting for all SlamMasters or proxies to discuss PSi business with the Executive Council.

 

Survivors of Sexual Assault Reading

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Basement Conference Room

Hosted by: Kevin Kantor and Piper Mullins

A reading and workshop open to individuals of any and all genders to talk openly about their experiences with sexual assault. We aim to provide a space for all survivors regardless of demographic to allow for discussion and healing, and provide visibility to the community of the wide spectrum of survivors.

 

Writing from the Five Senses

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Training Room

Hosted by: Myntha Anthem

In this workshop, props and prompts are used to engage the five senses in order create vivid, nuanced writing projects. Participants will practice “deep witnessing” of their own sensory experiences, write, and share with the group.

 

How to Build a Poetry Manuscript with Lighthouse Writers Workshop

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor

A panel discussion including Molina Speaks, Khadijah Queen, Genna Kohlhardt, and Caleb Seeling.  Not sure how many poems goes into a full length manuscript? Don’t know how to order them? Experts will give pointers on how to take your collection of poems to the next level – a cohesive manuscript.

 

 

Disability Open Mic

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Schlessman Hall

Hosted by: Nathan Say

Open mic space held for those who identify as or experience disability to tell their stories and share their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

 

Compliment Death Match

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Public Library Basement Conference Room

Hosted by: RJ Walker

Poets go head to head in a battle of positivity, complementing their opponents to the best of their poetic abilities. Poets can write compliments in advance, or freestyle their complement in this fun, debut event!

 

Modern Abolition and the Role of the Artist

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Public Library Gates Conference Room

Hosted by: Kevin Campbell and Max Parthas

A lecture regarding the widespread reach of modern slavery, opportunities for action, and the integration of art and activism, led by contributors from The New Abolitionist Radio.

 

Haiku: Three Lines of Power

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Public Library Training Room

Hosted by: Kim B. Miller

Participants will take three lines and 17 syllables and create their own magic, using one of the most popular but fundamentally misunderstood poetic forms.

 

How Can NPS Do Better?

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor

Hosted by: Maureen Benson

This is a listening session that will be an all ears (maybe a few clarifying/probing questions) on what it would take to make NPS an event that leaves you nurtured, seen, honored and fulfilled so that you come back year after year.

 

Slam Jam

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Clyfford Still Museum

Hosted by: Seth Harris and Art Compost and the Word Mechanics

Participants compete in a slam, each contestant accompanied by live jazz music. There will be an extended time limit and no penalty for going over that limit. Participants will be scored on the quality of their words and for their ability to meld with the musicians. After three rounds, a champion will be crowned.

 

Ekphrastic workshop with Lighthouse Writers Workshop

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Gallery

Engage deeply with art in the Denver Art Museum and create a piece of writing connected to your experience.

 

Indigenous Open Mic

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor

Hosted by: Ara Cruz

Open Mic space for indigenous people to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are invited to attend and listen.

 

Semi-Final Bouts

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, McNichols Building 2nd Floor, McNichols Building 3rd Floor, Mercury Café Upstairs

Teams with the 20 best scores and ranks will compete in Semi-Finals. The winner of each Semi-Finals bout will move on to Finals.

 

Group Piece Finals

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor

Hosted by: TBD – PSi

Teams with the 12 highest scoring group pieces that have not competed in Semi-Finals will compete in Group Piece Finals.

 

Saturday, 8/12/17

YIN Yoga and Writing

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Sheraton Hotel

Hosted by: Jessica Chernila

Explore your yinner landscapes in this meditative yoga class letting your body tell you the stories while you hands and mind take a break to listen b4 writing down what yr body tells you.

 

Slam Family Meeting

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

McNichols Building 1st Floor

Hosted by: PSi

Interested in what’s going on with PSi? Have questions? Come to the meeting and hear updates from and talk to the Executive Council.

 

National Poetry Slam Marketplace

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor

Teams of poets competing in the National Poetry Slam will be invited to share their chapbooks, CDs, and other poetry merchandise at the first-ever National Poetry Slam Marketplace!

 

Grief and Remembrance Open Mic

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Basement Conference Room

Hosted by: Karen G. and Mallory Everhart

Poets gather for this intimate open mic to hold space for each other and mourn the loss of  loved ones in community.

 

Check Your Head Writing Workshop

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Gates Conference Room

Hosted by: Bianca Mikahn

A workshop designed to liberate your inner muses’ deepest aspirations, articulate them gracefully, and connect on a more intrinsic level with your audience. A focus on a performer’s self awareness, identity, and creative articulation.

 

The Point is not the Points: Therapeutic Elements of Spoken Word Poetry and the Slam Community

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Denver Public Library Training Room

Hosted by: Jenna Robinson

A discussion-based and experiential workshop focused on the way some poets use writing to process trauma and performance for catharsis. Practical tools and concrete action steps will be given for facilitators and organizers to make poetry workshops and slam events “safer” spaces to support this healing process.

 

Asian American & Pacific Islander Open Mic

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Art Museum Schlessman Hall

Hosted by: Ayla Sullivan and morgynne d’sulueti tora

Open mic space set aside for those who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander to tell their stories and speak their truth. All are welcome to attend and listen.

 

Pro-Voice: A Celebration of Poetry and Reproductive Health

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Public Library Basement Conference Room

Hosted by: Nico Wilkinson

A showcase of poems and patient stories surrounding reproductive healthcare. Poets are encouraged to share work regarding feminism, resistance, and the importance of safe and accessible health care, including access to abortion, in the current political climate.

 

Intergenerational Slam and Discussion

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Denver Public Library Gates Conference Room

Hosted by: Deonte Osayande

Old timers and newbies alike compete and encounter each other in a unique setting that provides a chance to build relationships across generations.

 

Nerd Slam

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

McNichols Building 3rd Floor

Hosted by: RJ Walker

Are you a nerd?  Go head-to-head with other nerds, answering trivia questions for your chance to do nerdy poems.

 

FINALS

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Paramount Theater

Hosted by: TBD – PSi

The four highest ranked teams will compete for the Championship title, which includes a cash prize of $2,000, a beautiful trophy, and most importantly, bragging rights.

 

After Party

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

McNichols Building 2nd Floor

Hosted by: Jive Poetic

We have had a wonderful time together sharing poems all week. Now, we dance!! With DJ Jive Poetic.

Daily Events:

Sober Check In

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, and 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Sheraton Hotel Banquet Room

A space for all sober competitors, coaches, and event staff to check in for support, community, and fun.

 

Bout Manager & MC Meeting

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sheraton Hotel Banquet Room

Volunteer bout managers & MCs will meet with the Tournament Directors to get their instructions & materials for the evening.